Don’t despair if you or a loved one had a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, or diabetes during pregnancy, or a preterm birth. You can take steps to protect your heart and overall health post-pregnancy.
Start with knowing your likelihood for developing cardiovascular issues and reminding your doctors about your health history.
Stay positive and live a heart-healthy lifestyle:
- Adopt a healthy eating plan, such as a plant-based one
- Get regular exercise
- After your pregnancy, reach and maintain a healthy body weight
- Avoid smoking
- Limit how much alcohol you drink
- Get enough sleep
- Manage stress
- Know and keep up with your risk for heart disease and stroke. Remember to talk with your health care team if you had problems during pregnancy – even if they were years ago or have gone away. You can work together to come up with a plan to track and manage your risk over time.